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Tuesday, September 18, 2018

Annual 2 Week Intermittent Roosevelt Island Bridge Traffic Closings For UN General Assembly Session Starts Today - RI Residents Worried Coast Guard Puts Community At Increased Risk For Emergency Vehicle Response Delays In Favor Of Recreational Boaters

It's that time of year again for Roosevelt Island.

Image Of United Nations From Roosevelt Island FDR Four Freedoms Park

Mid September is the the opening of the United Nations General Assembly Session and 2018 is no different than previous years in terms of its impact on Roosevelt Island residents. The opening of the UN General Assembly means the diversion of all East River boat traffic to the Roosevelt Island East Channel Queens side for security precautions due to our proximity to the United Nations resulting in the intermittent closings of the Roosevelt Island Bridge.

 Roosevelt Island Bridge Raised To Let Sailboat Pass During 2010 UN Week Causing Ambulance To Wait

According to the NYC Department of Transportation:
While the United Nations General Assembly is in session, from Tuesday, September 18, through Sunday, September 30, the U.S. Coast Guard will close the West Channel of the East River, which is the main navigational channel, and divert all marine traffic to the East Channel, between Roosevelt Island and Queens. The NYC Department of Transportation will close the Roosevelt Island Bridge, as needed, for up to 15 minutes at a time between 7:00 a.m. and 7:00 p.m. to permit marine traffic to pass.

During these closures, the bridge will be closed to all vehicular, pedestrian and bicycle traffic. A variable message sign will be installed to inform the public. Emergency service providers have been informed of the special operational schedule.
The Roosevelt Island Operating Corp (RIOC) adds:
During the UN General Assembly Sept. 18-30, expect more bridge opening activity as all East River water traffic is redirected through the Roosevelt Island Bridge. Please be advised that each opening will take no longer than eight to 10 minutes to complete. 
Every year at this time, the increased Roosevelt Island Bridge traffic closings raises the risk to the health and safety of Roosevelt Island residents who may need emergency services such as FDNY, NYPD and ambulances. As Roosevelt Island resident Raye Schwartz wrote last year:
Somebody needs to let the Coast Guard and Dept. of Homeland Security know that at the least they should limit access to pleasure boats during this period, so that we are not put in danger for fire and ambulances to get through while the bridge is inaccessible - sometimes for ½ hr. at a time while sailboats and pleasure boats go up and down the river....
In response to these annual public safety concerns a RIOC spokesperson replied last year:
... Due to the rerouting of recreational boat traffic to the East Channel of the East River during the UN General Assembly, the NYC Department of Transportation Division of Bridges will be required to raise the Roosevelt Island Bridge to allow the passing of these recreational boats during this event. According to the DOT Division of bridges, each opening should take anywhere from 8-12 minutes to complete.

For the past year, Public Safety Chief McManus and RIOC President & CEO Susan Rosenthal have been meeting with and lobbying, various City, State, and Federal entities to prohibit recreational boat traffic during this two week period.

In spite of our efforts and others who helped, including Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney, who pled our case to the Commandant of the US Coast Guard, recreational boat traffic is still being redirected to the East Channel. We will continue our efforts to have this protocol changed.

During the last year, RIOC has been working with the NYC Office of Emergency Management and key representatives from FDNY, NYPD, NYC DOT Division of Bridges, NYC DEP, Health and Hospitals Corporation and Con Ed, to explore alternative emergency response options concerning the bridge during both the UN General Assembly and other situations where the bridge may get stuck or fail for any reason. By pre-staging emergency response vehicles and equipment, we are better prepared to respond to medical emergencies on Roosevelt Island. Furthermore, Con Ed has already pre-staged emergency gas and electric equipment on the Island in the event a gas or electric emergency were to take place and Con Ed trucks were unable to reach the Island due to a bridge malfunction.

During the UN General Assembly, and under the newly created Interagency Roosevelt Island Bridge Lift Protocol, the aforementioned City Agencies are responsible for the following:

NYC EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT
Organize pre-event interagency conference call with Public Safety Agencies

FDNY
Pre-Stage one Engine Company, one Ladder Company, and one BLS (Basic Life Support) Ambulance on Roosevelt Island. Alert Battalion 45 and Battalion 49 companies of Bridge Lifts.

NYPD
Assign resources as appropriate on Roosevelt Island

NYC DOT
Stage bridge oiler crew near bridge structure
Stage bridge electric crew near bridge structure

NYCDEP
Pre-staged water maintenance equipment available at an on-island DEP Facility

Consolidated Edison
Emergency gas and electric equipment pre-staged on Roosevelt Island Gas and electric emergency personnel will deploy to Roosevelt Island via Tramway or Subway as necessary

Health and Hospitals Corporation
Standard resource deployment

RIOC and its Public Safety Department thank all of these agencies for working together to develop these first steps toward a stronger emergency plan.
A new year and recreational boats are still allowed to put the health and safety of Roosevelt Island residents at risk during UN General Assembly Week.

What will it take for the Coast Guard to prohibit recreational boaters from going under the Roosevelt Island Bridge - someone's death or serious injury due to a delay in emergency response?

RIOC Hosting Roosevelt Island Emergency Preparedness Town Hall Meeting Thursday September 20 With NYC Emergency Management Dep't, NYPD & PSD- You're Invited To Attend, Learn And Ask Questions

The Roosevelt Island Operating Corp (RIOC) is hosting and Emergency Preparedness Town Hall meeting Thursday September 20. with NYC Department of Emergency Management, NYPD and RIOC Public Safety Department attending.According to RIOC:

Emergency Management Plan Forum set for Sept. 20

WHO: The Roosevelt Island Operating Corporation’s Public Safety Department

WHAT: Will host an open community forum to present the Island’s Emergency Management Plan

WHEN: Thursday, September 20, 2018 at 6 p.m.

WHERE: Chapel of the Good Shepherd, 543 Main Street, Roosevelt Island, N.Y.

WHY: The forum is to inform residents of the basic emergency plan that outlines responsibilities and procedures that will be implemented – to protect life and property - in the event of a natural or man-made disaster on Roosevelt Island.

Roosevelt Island Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) member Frank Farance has some tips for Hurricane Preparedness.



NYC Emergency Management Department wants you to Know Your Hurricane Zone.



Most of Roosevelt Island

 Image From NYC OEM

including all of the residential buildings and Cornell Tech campus, are located in Zone 3. Coler Hospital, Lighthouse and FDR Four Freedoms Park are located in Zone 2.

More info on Know Your Hurricane Zone at this prior post.

Video of 2016 Roosevelt Island Emergency Preparedness Town Hall Meeting here.

Friday, September 14, 2018

Roosevelt Island Transportation This Weekend - F Train Service To And From Manhattan, F Rerouted In Manhattan,1 And A Half Tram Cabins Operating And NYC Ferry Has More RI Service

According to the MTA, there will be Roosevelt Island F Train service



to and from Manhattan this weekend.

But:

... TRACK REPLACEMENT | 9:30 PM Fri, Sep 14 to 5 AM Mon, Sep 17 F Service is rerouted in Manhattan and Brooklyn

... No F service at 57 St, 47-50 Sts, 42 St-Bryant Pk, 23 St, 14 St, W 4 St, B'way-Lafayette St, 2 Av, Delancey St/Essex St, East Broadway, and York St.

F Service runs between Jamaica-179 St and Lexington Av-63 St, and via the Q express to/from Atlantic Av-Barclays Ctr...
Also:
STATION ENHANCEMENTS | Until December 2018 57 St F Station is closed
Both Roosevelt Island Tram Cabins are in operation but the North Cabin is working at half capacity because of a malfunctioning gear box that is waiting for replacement.
There is Roosevelt Island ferry service on the Astoria Route. Here's the new summer schedule for Roosevelt Island ferry service.

Sponsored Post - Check Out Roosevelt Island Gristedes September 14 To September 20 Product Offerings, Specials & Sales Items - Grab And Go Prepared Items Too

The Roosevelt Island Gristedes Supermarket


invites you to check out their September 14 - September 20 Product Offerings, Specials & Sales items.

And Grab & Go Prepared Items too.


Don't forget the 10% Roosevelt Island Seniors Discount on Tuesday and Sign Up for the Gristedes Diamond Loyalty Rewards Program.

More Gristedes Supermarket information available at their web site, Facebook Page and Twitter feed

Wednesday, September 12, 2018

2018 Roosevelt Island Fall For Arts Festival Saturday October 6 - RIOC Seeking Artists To Paint Outdoor Murals Depicting Theme Of Exploring Your Freedom: Uniting A Nation - Friday September 14 Deadline To Apply

The annual Roosevelt Island Fall For Arts Festival is scheduled for Saturday October 6. According to the Roosevelt Island Operating Corp (RIOC):

On Saturday, October 6, 2018, the Roosevelt Island Operating Corporation (RIOC) will present its annual Fall for Arts Festival on Roosevelt Island.


Through the years, this celebration of creativity and the changing seasons has become a much-loved tradition for children and adults alike, featuring hands-on arts-and-crafts workshops for children and adults, amusements, and live entertainment.

One of the event’s most well-loved traditions is a combination of performance and traditional arts through the outdoor artwork creation: the making of free-standing murals during the Festival. This year, our theme is “Exploring Your Freedom: Uniting a Nation”.

We are looking for artists to create works of art that express your ideals, fears, and hopes of the future.

We are seeking artists or groups to each paint one of several 6’ high by 8’ long and 6’ high by 16’ long murals outdoors during the Festival, which will be held from 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. at the Island’s Southpoint Park and FDR Four Freedoms State Park, as well as on the lawn south of Rivercross, 501 Main St. Artists are free to arrange an earlier time to begin their work, if needed.

How to Apply: We invite you to submit a sketch of your design or any inquiries along with a title and short description of the concept and technical method. Sketches should be sized according to a 6’ high x 8’ long or 6’ high x 16’ long ratio and submitted in jpeg, PDF or hard copy format. Please submit your sketches no later than Friday, September 14 to jessica.murray@rioc.ny.gov.

Participation in this event is free; basic paints, brushes, and a primed surface are provided! All participating artists will also receive a free festival t-shirt. Once complete, murals will stay on display on the lawn for several weeks.

Once removed from the lawn, selected works will be displayed at the Island’s Motorgate Atrium Gallery through late 2019. All artwork will remain the property of the Roosevelt Island Operating Corporation and may be displayed on Roosevelt Island to beautify the community in the future.

We welcome your participation and creativity – good luck!
Here are some of the murals
from the 2017 Roosevelt Island Fall For Arts Festival.



Click on the full screen icon on bottom right for better view.

Tuesday, September 11, 2018

What's Going On In East River Near Roosevelt Island Tonight? NYPD Low Flying Helicopter And Harbor Patrol Searching For Person Who May Have Fallen In Water

The Roosevelt Island Twitterverse reports: